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Migration Alert: Atlantic Flyway LGCO Continues as Geese Push North

Greater snow geese poured into their spring staging grounds in New York this weekend as warm weather and a brief snowstorm in New Jersey and Pennsylvania pushed many geese north from the Mid-Atlantic region.

Migration Alert: Spring Thaw Opens the Door for Snow Geese in the Dakotas

Light goose numbers are building in North and South Dakota as a week of warm temperatures across the Northern Plains has pushed the snow line into southern Canada. The opportunities to decoy geese are expanding rapidly, and hunters are optimistic that the best days are yet to come.

Migration Alert: Nebraska's Rainwater Basin Light Goose Numbers Fluctuate Daily

Skeins of light geese streamed north out of northern Kansas and Nebraska's Rainwater Basin on Monday, taking advantage of southern winds and 70-degree temperatures on their journey to the Arctic. Hunters along this corridor are taking advantage of the fantastic weather and remain optimistic about the potential as geese continue to funnel through the region.

Migration Alert: Kansas and Missouri LGCO Hunters Prepare for Fast-Paced Migration

A winter storm is predicted during the next few days in Missouri and Kansas, but shortly thereafter milder temperatures and southerly breezes will take over. If this forecast holds, peak numbers of white geese should be moving northward next week.

Migration Alert: February Freeze Puts Snow Goose Migration on Hold in Missouri, Nebraska

An untimely mix of cold and snow is impacting light goose movements through historical migration corridors in Missouri and Nebraska, and hunters there are looking for a spring thaw to improve conditions.

Migration Alert: Arkansas LGCO Hunters Preparing for Huge Flight Days

Arkansas waterfowlers dealt with a lack of precipitation throughout the 2014–2015 waterfowl season, and the 2015 Light Goose Conservation Order (LGCO) has been no different. Drought-like conditions have forcedlight geese to concentrate on limited habitat in the state, which has had a significant impact on the birds' feeding and roosting habits.

Migration Alert: Cold Weather Benefits Mississippi Light Goose Hunters

Two weeks ago, strong south winds boosted temperatures into the mid 60s as far north as South Dakota, triggering the spring migration for massive numbers of light geese. Hunters in the Mississippi Delta feared the worst--that light geese would leave the region en masse and beeline for the plains states. Fortunately, winter came back with a fury, and many of the birds that made a premature departure have returned.

Migration Alert: Texas Light Goose Numbers Up, LGCO Hunts Offering Sporadic Success

During the 1980s, Texas produced 600,000 to 700,000 acres of rice. Today, that number is less than a quarter of what it used to be due to water restrictions brought on by a five-year drought and the development of vast tracts of agricultural lands. Limited habitat has contributed to the ongoing decline of light goose numbers in South Texas, but those numbers increased this year, offering opportunities for hunters willing to put in the effort.

February 2015 Gear Guide: Light Goose Gear

As winter winds begin to shift, light geese are preparing to move north. For those willing to brave the unpredictable elements offered by spring snow goose hunting, quality gear is imperative. The following items are just a small sampling of the gear that may help improve this year's Light Goose Conservation Order for you and your hunting partners.

Snow Goose Destinations

The Light Goose Conservation Order (LGCO) is an excellent opportunity to extend the waterfowl season, but pinpointing this fast-paced migration can be a daunting task. Ice, snow, and food supplies dictate when and where millions of light geese will migrate north in the spring, and knowing where these conditions collide should lead you to the birds. Whether freelancing or planning a guided trip, the following destinations should be at the top of any LGCO hunter's list.

Migration Alert: Nebraska Light Goose Hunting Heating Up

Nebraska light goose hunter's opportunities are increasing day by day as birds continue to push north.

Migration Alert: Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska Swarming with Light Goose Hunting Opportunities

Sporadic reports of small flocks of light geese are trickling in from South Dakota, but a major surge in goose numbers in northwest Missouri and parts of Nebraska has hunters frantically rushing to the fields in these areas. Last week's polar vortex stalled the migration, but as the weather cleared and the winds shifted to the south, massive numbers of light geese moved north.

Migration Alert: Light Geese Trickling North, Cold Front May Stall Migration

Light goose hunters throughout the lower Mississippi and Central Flyways should prepare for just about anything next week. A warming trend has the birds beginning to head north, while the expected arrival of a powerful cold front may stall the spring migration. Fortunately for Mid South goose hunters, the game isn't over – it's just getting interesting.

February 2014 Gear Guide: Light Goose Gear

Since the Light Goose Conservation Order began in 1999, the end of duck season has been highlighted by the beginning of spring snow goose hunting. Chasing these birds isn't an easy task, and much like late-season waterfowling, spring goose hunting is gear intensive and tough on equipment. The DU Newsletter Editorial Team has sourced a handful of new and old products that add to the spring waterfowling experience.

Electronic Caller Tips for Light Geese

Electronic callers are legal to use while hunting light geese (snow and Ross's geese) in most areas during the special spring conservation order.

Light Goose Dilemma

Despite increased harvests, populations of these Arctic-nesting geese continue to grow

Migration Alert: Light geese numbers increasing in North Mississippi

Mississippi Light Goose Conservation Order re-opened following the February 2-3 Youth Season, and steady numbers may provide excellent opportunities for the upcoming weekend.

Identify Light Goose Conservation Order species

Mike Checkett, DU biologist, provides detailed information on how to identify adult and juvenile birds during the Light Goose Conservation Order.

February 2012 Waterfowl Gear Guide

The February DU E-Newsletter Gear Guide offers a combination of equipment to help improve your success and comfort while hunting the liberal spring goose season.

Light Goose Migration Headquarters

The 2014-2015 regular waterfowl season has come to a close throughout the country, but before you begin storing equipment, it's time for light geese.

White Goose Wizards: Q&A Session

Light goose hunting with Tony Vandemore

More Spring Snow Goose Hunting Tips

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